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Large-scale corruption happening in military, police: Governor

Large-scale corruption happening in military, police: Governor

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Mar 18, 2017 - 19:02

 

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The governor of southern Helmand province Hayatullah Hayat on Saturday acknowledged his administration failed to deliver as per public expectations in the outgoing solar yearinfo-icon.

The governor sought apology from the people of war-ravaged province during a meeting attended by 18 government institutions’ head and civil societyinfo-icon organizations to explore reasons behind the ongoing conflict and find solution to it.

Hayat said neigbouring countries and some local official involved in race for personal interest made Helmand province insecure.

He added, “Massive corruption took place in police and military over the past years. Officials were giving wrong information to the centre; therefore we were not able to carry winter operations”.

Hundreds of weapons and military vehicles were still missing in Helmand, without naming anyone past governor he said. “All officials are culpable, I apologise on behalf of them who failed in providing services and security”, he added.

Reforms have been initiated in all sectors and efforts had been made to reduce problems. In the future he pledged the government officials would be hired on the basis of capabilities not relations.

Mohammad Nabi, the Helmand educationinfo-icon department Islamic studies, head said that 139 schools have been closed due to security concerns depriving thousands of students from education this year. Thirty employees of education department and 35 students have been killed in last few years, he added.

Tribal and border affairs director Ahmad Naveed Nazari said that war has affected the values of region as well. “We used to solve our problems through local council (Jirgainfo-icon), there is no such meeting due to insecurity”, he added.

Helmand commerce department director Mohammad Khan Nasart said that many industrialist and entrepreneurs have left Helmand over security concerns.

Religious scholars’ representative Maulviinfo-icon Mehar Dil said that ongoing fights have left adverse affects on religious aspects. He added, “Half of the mosques are closed and people are not going to mosques for prayers due to fear of insecurity”.

Kh/nh 

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